“It’s possible to do things that are impossible as a real idol.”Kakao Entertainment Girls’ Reverse
I also thought that I wanted to debut as a virtual idol.” (S.E.S. Sea)
Bada (Choi Sung-hee), the leader of the first-generation girl group “S.E.S,” is the “original fairy” and “ancreator bird” of the K-pop idol community. No one knows the K-pop ecosystem as much as she does. It is also an early realization that time can be a “public enemy” to an idol who is young.
This is why Bada affirms Kakao Entertainment’s K-pop virtual survival entertainment “GIRL’S RE:VERSE.” Having agonized a lot in the face of new technologies, she played Watcher, an observer and mentor, in this web entertainment show.
At the production presentation of “Girls Reverse” held online and offline in Sangam-dong, Seoul on the 27th, Bada said, “It’s a program that only needs to prepare well for the song the previous day.”
“It’s okay not to worry about wrinkles and clothes, and you don’t have to take care of your clothes and hair busily from the morning. So the big advantage is that you don’t have to go to the makeup shop. (Appearing in public as a virtual character) I think I’ll have perfect confidence in my appearance, and if I prepare well for the song, I’ll have confidence that I can show a perfect performance.”
Thirty former and current K-pop girl group members will clash to hide their identity and make a re-debut in the virtual world in “Girls’ Rivers.” Participants compete to become the final five debut members by showing their dance and singing skills as well as their talent and charm as stars through new virtual characters while hiding their identity in the real world. “Girls Reverse”
The concept combines the Mnet “Produce” series, KBS 2TV idol reboot project “The Unit,” and MBC TV’s “King of Mask Singer,” which is unknown until they are eliminated, with the girl group “Espa” worldview that crosses reality and virtual reality. “Girls Reverse”
Attention is focusing on how much attention will be drawn at a time when existing metaverse programs such as MBN’s “Atavasinger” and TV Chosun’s “Avadream” are struggling in terms of ratings and topics.
In addition, the virtual girl group “K/DA” has already been introduced in 2018, so it is not completely new. The team, consisting of four female characters Kaisa, Evelyn, Ari and Akali in the online game “LoL,” made headlines as real singers such as Mi-yeon and So-yeon of the K-pop girl group “(G)I-DLE,” Madison Beer and Zaira Burns played vocals.
Girl Rivers worked hard to form a worldview to differentiate itself. Girl X, who used to be a girl group in the real world, will gather in the virtual world “W” to become a virtual idol and transform into a virtual character “Girl V” with their unique worldview and story. “Girls Reverse”
In addition, 30 members used virtual reality (VR) devices to access the virtual world, and all recordings were conducted inside the virtual reality platform. Unlike previous programs that introduced virtual characters to the real world, first meetings and competitions are held only in “W.” The audience also participates as an audience through VR.
MC Boom, who plays Watcher, was worried about whether he could have fun and laughter (in the virtual world), but all those worries disappeared after the first recording. He hinted, “As much as I have created the character I want, I am free and happy.”
The worldview of each character was created by idols, not by the production team. For example, the character “Dohwa” is a comic book from which she went on an adventure with her cartoon friends. Pfizer is the queen of the fairy kingdom of Lubia Land. Interesting settings are also eye-catching. Nicka, named after “Goddess of Victory,” is “Goddess of Victory who has never won,” and is from Hercules Karaoke, and its motto is “You can do it.”
Another watcher, dancer and choreographer Aiki, said, “Characters fly in the sky and lift their pelvis to the navel. This is W. He said, “I saw the possibility by showing impossible movements in real life and became more attractive to the character.”
Producer Sohn Soo-jung pointed out that the members’ immersion in the virtual character is a key point to watch. Producer Son said, “From the planning stage, I reflected the needs of the members a lot. I wanted to do things that I couldn’t do as a real idol. “I did my best to make the program with their sincerity,” he stressed. CP Park Jin-kyung also helped, saying, “Since it is a character designed and planned by himself, it has no choice but to contain his story.”
The identity of the members is revealed whenever the character disappears (out) through death matches. In addition to Sea, Boom, and Aiki, Pengsu also plays as a watcher. They also serve as judges. It will be released for the first time on Kakao Page and YouTube at 9 p.m. on January 2 next year. Since then, the main episode will be released every Monday at 9 p.m. Additional content will also be introduced sequentially on Kakao TV. Earlier, the survival theme song “Promise” containing the voices of 30 members was released. “Girls Reverse”